Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Charity begins at home.

[My comments in red]

"JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's chief rabbinate severed ties with the Vatican on Wednesday to protest a papal decision to reinstate [nobody was reinstated, a penalty was lifted.] a [still suspended] bishop who publicly denied 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

The Jewish state's highest religious authority sent a letter to the Holy See expressing "sorrow and pain" at the papal decision. "It will be very difficult for the chief rabbinate of Israel to continue its dialogue with the Vatican as before," the letter said. Chief rabbis of both the Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews were parties to the letter."

Read the full and horribly written story here.

I'm not surprised. Does anyone really think that the chief rabbinate wants unity in the Body of Christ? Do you think they want Christianity to succeed everywhere?

Charity begins at home. And I think the Holy Father knows that. He has to keep the house in order first, and then worry about extra-ecclesial relations. He is the vicar of Christ and he knows his job better than anyone is to shepherd the flock.

Our Holy Father in lifting the excommunications did something out of his fatherly mercy (his words, not mine) due to the deep pain his children were feeling in their "punishment". And the Chief Rabbinate has the audacity to tell the Holy Father how to discipline his own children. This is arrogant.

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